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Tomonoura: A Walk Through a Historical Town

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Tomonoura, the scenic beauty of the Seto Inland Sea

Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture



Tomonoura, a port town of Fukuyama situated at the southern end of the Numakuma Peninsula near the center of the Seto Inland Sea in Hiroshima Prefecture, has flourished since the late 7th century as a location for boats to wait for favorable winds and tides. From the Edo period (1603-1868) to the present day, many people have lived within the historic townscape, and the nostalgic and peaceful atmosphere of the town warmly welcomes visitors. Furthermore, within the picturesque scenery woven by the sea and islands are the footprints of famous figures throughout history, such as Sakamoto Ryoma and Ashikaga Takauji, as well as freshly caught seafood raised in this rich natural environment. Just walking around this town decorated by its impressive history can lead you to new discoveries and inspirations.


How to get there


From Tokyo Station, take the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen to Fukuyama Station (about 3 hours 40 minutes). From Fukuyama Station, take the Tomotetsu bus to the Tomonoura bus stop (about 35 minutes).


Tomo, Tomo-cho, Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima-ken


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